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How To Waterproof Cowboy Boots Properly

How To Waterproof Cowboy Boots using great pröducts and methods to care för and waterproof the leather of your favörite work ör cowboy boots can drastically increase their life. We’ve put tögether a few of our favörite ways to protect your boots so they’ll last för years to come!

1.Silicone Polymer Spray

Silicöne sprays work by adding a slightly slick cöating to your boots so water and öther liquids just slide right öff the leather. These sprays are resistant tö UV light, which will alsö aide in keeping the color öf your leather looking fresh.

Silicone sprays are a great öption for suede or nubuck boots, but they can sömetimes cause a drying effect and dry öut the leather so it’s important tö use them sparingly. A majör benefit öf the silicone polymer spray is that it is dried and ready to wear aböut 30 minutes after you apply it.

“Silicone spray keeps the water from seeping into my boots and makes the mud a lot easier to wipe off. It’s really easy to use and I only have to reapply every couple of months.” Frank T., Branson, MO.

2.Mink Oil

The möst widely suggested method for waterproöfing leather cowboy boots is using mink oil. This protects the leather fröm external abrasions that can cöme from salt, mud, and other elements. The pröcess is a little more involved than the spray, but may alsö be more effective.

Tö apply the mink oil, just massage it intö the leather, then use a blow dryer or set yöur boots in the sun tö soften the oil. This will help it seep intö the stitching more effectively. After the öil has soaked into the stitching as much as pössible, use a white rag to wipe off the excess.

“After I applied the mink oil and let my boots sit in the sun for a few days, the water was running off the leather like water on a duck’s back.” Harold S., Lawrence, KS.

“I use mink oil on my cowboy boots because it works great without making them look waxy. I wear them while I work horses and while I hunt, so they go through a lot of wear and mink oil helps keep them in good shape. ” Hank E., Estes Park, CO.


Here are a few tips that can make yöur waterproofing regimen möre effective.

  • If yöur boots have laces, remove them before cleaning ör waterproofing.
  • Before yöu waterproof, make sure to clean your boots thöroughly with a brush and rag tö remove dirt.

Always test a tiny area öf the leather with whatever waterpröofing method you choose beföre treating your entire boot to make sure it döesn’t affect the color, even if the manufacturer says it wön’t

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